Elective Course Catalog

Complete your Executive Certificate with our wide array of elective courses and single, online business course offerings.

If your Executive Certificate requires you to take one elective course to complete your certificate, please choose any of the following 8-week courses. This course catalog is also a listing of our single course offerings if you are looking to take one course at this time.

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Global Corporate Social Responsibility

Principles of CSR and Sustainability

The Principles of CSR and Sustainability online professional development course within the Executive Certificate in Global Corporate Social Responsibility will teach you the complexity of corporate citizenship issues, identifying the strategic key players involved, and understanding the risks of mismanaging corporate citizenship on a global scale.

  • Define global corporate citizenship and sustainability from a business perspective.
  • Understand society’s new expectations including cases and discussions on specific global issues.
  • Identify where your responsibilities lie, and assess your organization through a unique CSR framework.
  • Develop an understanding for solution strategies through online simulation exercises.
  • Understand citizenship in a global economy, and how input markets drive corporate citizenship.
  • Recognize how to manage sustainability pressures regarding human rights, development and global corruption.
  • Focus on the business significance of sustainability, and the importance of corporate sound responsibility.
  • Analyze how you can manage resource scarcity, and apply case studies to your business model.


What Will Be Covered in Your 8 Week Professional Development Course?

  • Overview of Corporate Citizenship
  • The Tragedy of the Commons
  • Drivers of Corporate Responsibility
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Suppliers and Input Markets
  • Changing Perspectives
  • Solution Networks
  • Moving Toward Strategy

Strategic Applications of CSR

The Strategic Applications of CSR course within the online Executive Certificate in Global Corporate Social Responsibility will teach you how to strategically manage both financial and social responsibilities for your organization and community. Analyze the social components of corporate social responsibility as they relate to clarifying your company’s responsibilities, committing to improve performance, and capturing the value of those commitments and initiatives.

  • Learn how to strategically manage CSR within your organization.
  • Define and understand the basics of capturing value from CSR commitments
  • Clarify the fiduciary responsibilities of companies moving toward CSR.
  • Understand government regulation and nongovernmental certifications.
  • Define how you will commit to improve your company’s sustainability performance.
  • Develop a firm knowledge on non-governmental organizations, and their role in global CSR.
  • Enhance your understanding of a commitment, and the value of commitments to your organization.
  • Find unique, collaborative approaches to achieving CSR within your organization.
  • Analyze the profit spectrum, and see how you can create both financial and social value for your company.



What Will Be Covered in Your 8 Week Professional Development Course?

  • Introduction to Strategic Applications of CSR
  • Clarifying Corporate Responsibility
  • Committing to Improvement
  • Capturing the Value of CSR
  • The Socially Responsible Business Spectrum
  • Non-Profit or Business?
  • Business with Social Impact
  • Creating a CSR Strategy

Corporate Environmental Sustainability and Innovation

The Corporate Environmental Sustainability and Innovation course within the online Executive Certificate in Global Corporate Social Responsibility will enhance your understanding of sustainable product development and design, and how to incorporate corporate sustainability initiatives into your organization's strategy.

  • Understand environmental sustainability and how it relates to you.
  • Learn how an existing company can be part of the "green game"
  • Further develop your understanding of sustainable product development, and how that will enable you to create a sustainable value chain.
  • Define eco-efficiency and find your win-win sustainability strategy.
  • Understand the real meaning of sustainability and what it means in setting standards for all business products.
  • Outline sustainability as a growth driver for your organization and community.
  • Understand “The biosphere rules,” and enhance your knowledge through online discussions.


What Will Be Covered in Your 8 Week Professional Development Course?

  • Introduction to Corporate Environmental Sustainability & Innovation
  • Energy & Climate
  • Resources & Supply
  • Sustainable Product Principles Overview
  • Sustainable Product Strategy 1 - Energy Efficiency
  • Sustainable Product Strategy 2 - Materials
  • Sustainable Product Strategy 3 - Value Cycling
  • Conclusion

Global Finance

Finance Essentials for Global Managers

The Finance Essentials for Global Managers course within the online Executive Certificate in Global Finance will immerse you in the fundamental concepts and current issues of finance to understand and develop the tools to make global corporate financial decisions.

  • Learn proven tactics for extracting information from financial statements to analyze the operating, investing, and financing activities of a company.
  • Discover effective strategies to manage a firm’s working capital.
  • Apply various valuation techniques to value securities and capital projects.
  • Understand the fundamental pieces of information needed to make valuable, beneficial investment decisions.
  • Perform a working capital analysis to identify a firm’s areas of strengths and weaknesses and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Learn proven methods to evaluate financial statements to direct business toward growth and international expansion.
  • Understand the fundamentals of a complete credit analysis and define the “five C’s” of credit.
  • Recognize the importance of time value of money and how to apply present value concepts to a variety of business circumstances.
  • Discover ways to estimate net cash flows in order to rank prospective investing projects and determine which will provide the greatest return.
  • Realize the importance and usefulness of a thorough financial analysis to a global manager and company stakeholders.



What Will Be Covered in Your 8 Week Professional Development Course?

  • Overview of Corporate Financial Management
  • Understand Financial Statements
  • Working Capital Management
  • Financial Analysis
  • Time Value of Money
  • Valuing Securities
  • Investment Analysis
  • How to Evaluate an Investment Project

Advanced Global Financial Management

The Advanced Global Financial Management online course within the Executive Certificate in Global Finance focuses on intermediate and advanced global financial practices, and methods for developing your analytical skills to make sound financial decisions on a global scale.

  • Understand the relationships between interest rates, foreign exchange, and inflation rates.
  • Recognize how to identify foreign exchange exposures and determine if alternative hedging instruments should be used to manage these exposures.
  • Analyze current risk management strategies and see how they can mitigate the impact of currency fluctuations on foreign cash flows.
  • Evaluate the risks associated with foreign investment opportunities.
  • Learn how to prepare a cross-border valuation analysis, and how to estimate foreign currency discount rates using inflation differentials.
  • Employ different option strategies to maximize return and minimize risk for your organization.
  • Explore how to manage short-term financing, accounts receivable and accounts payable to ensure clear decision making in a global environment.
  • Examine how a global firm’s corporate strategy can affect currency exposure management.


What Will Be Covered in Your 8 Week Professional Development Course?

  • Overview of Advanced Global Financial Management
  • Financial Options
  • Forwards, Futures, and Swaps
  • Short-Term Assets and Liabilities Management
  • Currency Exposures
  • Currency Hedging
  • Country Risks
  • Overview & Recap of Advanced Global Financial Management

Global Leadership

Understanding Global Leadership

The Understanding Global Leadership course within the online Executive Certificate in Global Leadership will teach you how to use your existing strengths and incorporate those with new leadership approaches to become a better global leader for your company.

  • Discover the traits, behaviors, and values that will make you an exceptional global leader.
  • Analyze how behavior affects the way a leader leads, and the necessary steps to move toward an integrative model of leadership.
  • Understand the foundations that define leadership and lead across various cultures through cross-cultural intelligence.
  • Learn and evaluate your strategy of how to build a commitment to your company’s global vision.
  • Develop an understanding of the behaviors of “Level 5 Leaders.”
  • Learn how to lead effectively by adapting to change within your organization.
  • Understand how to lead through turbulent times.
  • Discover how to lead with authenticity by exploring the evolution of leadership theories and studying the personalities and strengths of successful leaders.


What Will Be Covered in Your 8 Week Professional Development Course?

  • The Role of the Leader
  • Leading with Vision
  • Leading with Cultural Intelligence
  • Leading at Level 5
  • Leading Change: The Push of Leadership
  • Leading by Letting Go: The Pull of Leadership
  • Learning to Lead through Crucibles
  • Leading with Authenticity

Enhancing Your Leadership Strengths

The Enhancing Your Leadership Strengths online course within the Executive Certificate in Global Leadership will teach you how to become an effective global leader by developing your key strengths, understanding your employees, and effective communication methods.

  • Evaluate and understand your strengths to become a better global leader by focusing on enhancing and improving your strengths.
  • Understand and lead toward your team’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • Discover the critical concepts and application of emotional and social intelligence.
  • Develop an understanding of leader level listening through effective communication.
  • Discover the elements of leader level reading and understanding.
  • Strengthen your employees by leading beyond bad behavior.
  • Enhance your understanding of how to retain the balance between your team’s strengths and weaknesses to enhance cooperation.
  • Understand leader level learning, and how to communicate “total leadership” to your team and colleagues by utilizing your key strengths.


What Will Be Covered in Your 8 Week Professional Development Course?

  • Leading from Your Strengths
  • Leading from “Their” Strengths
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Leader Level Listening
  • Leader Level Reading
  • Leading Beyond Bad Behavior
  • Retaining Focus and Balance
  • Leader Level Learning

Global Marketing

Global Marketing Strategy Essentials

The Global Marketing Strategy Essentials course within the online Executive Certificate in Global Marketing focuses on understanding your customers and global strategy to make informed marketing decisions for your organization.

  • Recognize how the stages of a country’s development influence your organization’s business model and marketing decisions.
  • Focus on a country’s development and advancement to determine your organization’s relationship with its customers.
  • Identify market segments, customer profiles, and global segments that exist by evaluating profitable global customers for your organization.
  • Evaluate profitable global customers for your organization.
  • Understand the consumer decision processes and how your marketing strategy influences these processes.
  • Analyze your competitive strategies, marketing programs and enhanced global positioning.
  • Identify value-chain partners and understanding their role in bringing the product to market through their partnership abilities.
  • Observe the ever-changing global landscape and trends, and how that will influence your organization’s ability to implement a global action plan.


What Will Be Covered in Your 8 Week Professional Development Course?

  • Global Marketing Overview
  • Understanding Your Organization
  • Identifying Your Customers
  • Understanding and Relating to Your Customers
  • How to Develop a Competitive Difference
  • Selecting the Right Partners
  • Learning to Leverage Country Differences
  • Utilizing the Situation Analysis to Make Informed Marketing Decisions

Advanced Global Marketing Strategy

The Advanced Global Marketing Strategy online course within the Executive Certificate in Global Marketing will help you understand how to choose the most effective international marketing strategy to position your product or service for upward, global success.

This course was recently recognized by the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) for the Distinguished Course Award in the Distance Learning Community of Practice.

  • Differentiate between the various types of international marketing strategies to determine the best organizational strategy.
  • Identify the factors that are required to position a product or service in the market.
  • Utilize Break-Even Analysis to support your decision making process.
  • Estimate annual sales and profitability using sales forecasts to assist in prioritizing the order of market entry.
  • Understand the unique characteristics of service marketing.
  • Identify the metrics used to evaluate services and operational effectiveness of a service business.
  • Develop measures and metrics to evaluate marketing effectiveness, global strategy and enhanced performance.
  • Identify the four critical gaps in a service business and how to employ effective strategies to overcome each gap.


What Will Be Covered in Your 8 Week Professional Development Course?

  • Choose Your International Marketing Strategy
  • Position Your Product or Service in the Market
  • Conduct a Break-Even Analysis
  • Leverage Sales Forecasts and Transfer Pricing
  • Services Marketing
  • Two-Part Approach to Evaluating Metrics for Services
  • Overcoming Gaps in Services

Global Negotiations

Cross-Cultural Communication

The Cross-Cultural Communication online course within the Executive Certificate in Global Negotiations will help you better identify and understand cultural communication differences to prepare for achieving enhanced communication in a multicultural environment.

  • Examine the definition of culture and the expectation of understanding how culture impacts business relationships.
  • Review your "framework" for analyzing differences and similarities across multiple cultures based the 10 dimensions in The Cultural Orientations Model™.
  • Explore the impact of cultural differences on managerial communications and meeting etiquette.
  • Understand a company’s global branding and market-entry strategies to avoid potential cross-cultural missteps.
  • Distinguish the differences between stereotypes and generalizations when assigning particular cultural orientations to a society, group or individual.
  • Outline the 6 tips to improve effectiveness and productivity of cross-cultural meetings.
  • Define the various levels of culture and identifying cultural competencies necessary for successful global business negotiations.


What Will Be Covered in Your 8 Week Professional Development Course?

  • Introduction to Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Examining Culture
  • Debriefing Your Notion of Stereotypes
  • Exploring Dimensions of Culture
  • Exploring Cultural Orientations – North American & Latin America
  • Exploring Cultural Orientation – Western & Eastern Europe
  • Exploring Cultural Orientations – Middle East & Africa
  • Improving Your Cross-Cultural Meetings

Essentials of Global Negotiations

The Essentials of Global Negotiations course within the online Executive Certificate in Global Negotiations examines the theory and practice of negotiations among individuals, organizations, and groups in multicultural settings to understand and identify cultural differences in communication and negotiations styles.

  • Gain a thorough understanding of the nature of global negotiations.
  • Define your basic framework to prepare for negotiations in a global and cross-cultural situation.
  • Learn why following key strategy steps are crucial in a cross-cultural context.
  • Recognize the role of psychological, cognitive, and social dimensions of negotiations.
  • Understand how cultural orientations could impact your negotiation process and influence negotiating behavior.
  • Examine ways to handle challenges involved in preparing for and conducting cross-cultural negotiations.
  • Focus on the importance of negotiation planning, goal setting and strategy to reach global success.


What Will Be Covered in Your 8 Week Professional Development Course?

  • Introduction to Global Negotiations
  • Basic Concepts of Effective Preparation
  • Negotiation and Strategic Processes
  • Cultures, Strategies & Behaviors
  • Global Negotiations and Cultural Dimensions
  • Preparation and Applied Strategies
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Global Negotiation Mindset

Managing Conflict with a Global Mindset

The Managing Conflict with a Global Mindset course within the online Executive Certificate in Global Negotiations will help you manage communication and conflict by understanding the cultural wants, needs and expectations of others. Learn to adjust your style and techniques to most effectively confront and overcome conflict.

  • Explain how the attributes of a "global mindset" affect global negotiation and conflict management.
  • Learn the tools necessary for evaluating and managing conflict and divergent needs in negotiation.
  • Become more sensitive to key psychological factors, emotional issues and behaviors that can be destructive to problem-solving negotiation.
  • Enhance your awareness of the costs, privacy, flexibility, and efficiency of alternative dispute-resolution and problem-solving techniques.
  • Increase your knowledge of "breakthrough" strategies.
  • Understand conflict management negotiation styles in the context of competitive, impasse, breakdown and difficult situations to resolve conflict.
  • Enhance your problem solving skills and finding alternative resolutions to resolve disputes.


What Will Be Covered in Your 8 Week Professional Development Course?

  • Introduction to Global Mindset Attributes and Conflict Management
  • Framework for Conflict Management Styles
  • Negotiation as Conflict Management
  • Cultural Implications of Conflict Management
  • Problem-Solving Skills
  • Applying the Breakthrough Strategy
  • Problem Solving for Conflict Management
  • Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

International Credit and Trade Finance

Essentials of International Credit and Trade Finance

The Essentials of International Credit & Trade Finance course within the online Executive Certificate in International Credit & Trade Finance will enhance your understanding of global trade, international sales and payment, cash flow and credit lines.

  • Develop a firm understanding of the fundamentals of global trade concepts.
  • Understand international trade, credit, and accounts receivable management.
  • Enhance your knowledge of international sales and determining payment terms for those global transactions.
  • Strategize how you will document collections and letters of credit.
  • Determine international customer risks and financial statement analysis.
  • Learn the international trade creditors guide to cash flow and credit lines.
  • Understand international credit risk protection mechanisms and risk mitigation techniques.
  • Define the importance of international cash management and the collections process.


What Will Be Covered in Your 8 Week Professional Development Course?

  • Global Trade Concepts
  • International Trade, Credit and Accounts Receivable Management
  • International Payment and Shipping Terms
  • Documentary Collections and Letters of Credit
  • International Customer Risks and Financial Statements Analysis
  • Looking Beyond the Numbers
  • International Trade Creditor’s Guide to Cash Flow and Credit Lines
  • International Credit Risk Protection Mechanisms and Risk Mitigation Techniques
  • International Cash Management and Collections

Advanced International Credit and Trade Finance

The Advanced International Credit & Trade Finance online course within the Executive Certificate in International Credit & Trade Finance focuses on intermediate and advanced credit and trade concepts to enhance your decision making strategy.

  • Define advanced international financial statement analysis, and how to analyze credit risk assessments.
  • Understand advanced export trade finance techniques for your organization.
  • Determine export financing alternatives, and working capital management.
  • Learn about global credit operations, credit portfolio analysis, and effective portfolio management on an international level.
  • Effectively understand international laws, collections, and compliance.
  • Develop an understanding of cross-border bankruptcies and how to compare bankruptcies among countries and regions.
  • Implement global credit and accounts receivable process improvement initiatives.


What Will Be Covered in Your 8 Week Professional Development Course?

  • Advanced International Financial Statement Analysis and Credit Risk Assessment
  • Advanced Export Trade Finance Techniques
  • Global Credit Operations
  • Global Credit Portfolio Analysis and Portfolio Management
  • Cross-Border Bankruptcies
  • Enhancing the Foreign Trade Creditor’s Position
  • Global Credit and Accounts Receivable Initiatives

Social and Voluntary Sector Leadership

Social and Voluntary Sector Leadership

The development of leaders in the social sector is even more important today because it enables an organization to continue to fulfill the social needs of people and lead to overall social development. This specialized social sector online certificate focuses on enhancing the knowledge of participants on trends for social sector leaders, and various leadership techniques to succeed and lead on a global scale.

  • Focus on understanding global trends that are transforming the social sector.
  • Further recognize the challenges that leaders face every day by examining unique challenges encountered by IFRC leaders.
  • Develop a recognition of leader roles in today’s uncertain times, including: sensemaking, visioning, relating, and inventing.
  • Focus on what it means to apply your vision and evaluate your strategy of how to build a team commitment to your organization’s global vision.
  • Develop a firm understanding of the behaviors of successful Level 5 Leaders, and see how to achieve this level of outstanding leadership to enhance your overall management strengths.
  • Follow the experience of two leaders through crucibles, and how they were able to lead and manage their team through turbulent times.
  • Learn the fundamentals of how to lead and manage key stakeholders including volunteers, donors and the served population across borders.
  • Examine a framework for ethical decision-making.
  • Understand the global mindset inventory, and how to enhance your global mindset to achieve the greatest impact for your organization.
  • Develop a personal action plan to help you achieve your goals. We suggest that you find a mentor to help you develop your plan and guide you through this exciting leadership journey.


What Will Be Covered in Your 8 Week Professional Development Course?

  • The Role, Trends and Global Realities for Social Sector Leaders
  • Leading with Vision
  • Managing Difference: The "G-Local" Perspective
  • Influencing Different People
  • Leading at Level 5
  • Learning to Lead through Crucibles
  • Leading Across Boundaries
  • Leading and Governing with Integrity

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